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Friday Fledge Watch - Jail Birds! 6/24/16

June 24th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was a gorgeous day to watch falcons! Sunny with temps in the 70’s. Although it was very chilly when I met fellow watchers Dan, Joyce and Larry O at 6:00 am on the Court St Bridge. I had wanted to get out for an early watch and this was the perfect day to do it!

We were all thrilled to see all four juvies; Lilac, Leo, Matilda and Aria flying so well. They stayed mostly over and on the jail communication tower and the Hall of Justice. Both Beauty and Dot.ca were in hunt mode, but we did not see them catch anything.

My evening watch started a little after 6pm. When I arrived on Aqueduct St aka the hole, I could hear a juvie vocalizing. I found one on Mercury. It took off and flew towards OCSR. Turned and headed back towards the TSB where a 2nd juvie joined it, then a 3rd! They all ended up landing on the Hall of Justice roof.

I could see wings flapping now and then. It looked like they may have been eating. I was soon joined by Kathy O, Jeanne, Joyce and Carla. We set up our chairs at the south end of the hole. From there we could see the jail communication tower, the Hall of Justice, the Times Square bldg, the Wilder bldg and OCSR.

For three hours we saw a lot of flying by all four juvies and Beauty & Dot.ca. At 9:00 pm, all 4 moved to Widow’s Walk, then 3 flew to the base of Mercury. Beauty had landed on camera #1.

I had to end my watch. When I got home, I checked the Rfalconcam live streaming video. At least two of the juvies had returned to the nest box.

These four are inseparable! I am so happy they are staying together. :)

Wednesday Fledge Watch - These Four Are Staying Together! 6/22/16

June 22nd, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was a much cooler day today with temps in the 70’s.

Our four juvies are keeping close to home and each other. They are a tight  knit group.

The watchers haven’t had to go looking for them too much. Again, they ended up gathering on the Widow’s Walk. For most of the evening watch we had all 6 Rochester Falcons in sight. I am really enjoying watching this group interact with each other and their parents, Beauty and Dot.ca.

It will be interesting to see them start to spread out.

Today’s watchers were Dan, Larry, Pat, Debbie H, Carla, Joyce, Dana, Lisa and me, Carol P.

Some Fledge Watch Pics from Watcher Zaphir Shamma - 6/22/16

June 22nd, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I wanted to share some outstanding pictures taken by our newest Falcon Watcher Zaph during the fledge watch!  Enjoy!!!

zaphir-2016-Juvie on Main Cam <—– Juvie on Main Camera!

zaphir-2016- Leo Flying High! <—– Leo Flying High!

zaphir-2016- Matilda <—– Hello Beautiful Matilda!

zaphir-2016- Shadow Falcon #1 <—– Shadow of a Peregrine Falcon on the Times Square Bldg Wing!

zaphir-2016- Shadow Falcon #2 <—– Shadow of a Peregrine Falcon!

Tuesday Fledge Watch - Cooler Temps! 6/21/16

June 21st, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Finally, a break in the heat wave that had hit Rochester over this past week. Mid 70’s were very welcome to all the watchers and the falcons.

The juvies spent much of the day on the Times Square bldg and near the nest box. There was some talon tagging and chasing during the day. It was  pretty much uneventful during the late morning hours.

I returned at 6 pm for my evening watch. Talk about good timing. As I was driving down Broad St, passing Irving Place, Beauty flew over me carrying food with three juvies chasing her, screaming. They all landed on the Widow’s Walk (WW). One of the juvie’s grabbed the prey and feathers were soon flying. The 4th juvie flew in and they all ate their fill with Beauty supervising.

I joined my fellow watchers in the hole where we could see all 4 juvies on WW.  At one point, both Beauty and Dot.ca met at the nearby Powers bldg.

There was a lot of flying by all 4 juvies as the sun was setting. Aria landed on the east side ledge on the Times Square bldg above the nest box. She jumped up on the light located there when it turned on. Every time she spread her wings, she looked like an angel, lit up by the white light below her. Just beautiful! It was a wonderful way to end our evening watch.

Watchers today were Dan, Larry, Kathy O, Joyce, Carla, Lisa, Pat, Lynda, Tim, Aaron, Dana, Lou, Jeanne and me Carol P!

Thanks again to Donna and Ei for keeping us informed of the falcons movements throughout the day. Thanks for your help also Annette!

Monday Fledge Watch - Lessons in Progress! 6/20/16

June 20th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

One more hot and humid day before we get a break from the heat tomorrow. Mid 90s today to 70s tomorrow. I am so looking forward to the lower temps.

There was a lot of flying by our 4 juvies before it got too hot. Beauty was giving high altitude flying lessons to one juvie. She effortlessly circled higher and higher with barely any wing movement. The juvie attempted to keep up with her vocalizing loudly. Based on size, I believe it was Leo. He finally gave up and flew down to find one of his sisters.

Leo and one of the girls chased each other and talon tagging across the sky. DC watched them from the west corner of OCSR. Leo landed under the NE wing on the Times Square bldg and the girl landed on the Cross Rds bldg. I ended my watch at 11:30 am when they all settled down in the shade.

Lisa, Joyce, Brian and Jeanne are downtown this evening on watch. Both Leo and Aria were at the nest box. The other two were on the ledge below. Beauty brought in a pigeon and the chase was on! Beauty brought the meal to Irving Place, where the Widow’s Walk is located.

Pat had all 4 juvies located this afternoon. Larry and Dan were out early this morning and reported that Beauty fed the juvies on the Rochester Public Library.

Special thanks to Donna for tracking our young juvies and reporting their whereabouts. Your help is much appreciated!

Just another busy day in the life of the Rochester Falcons!

Sunday Fledge Watch - The Heat Continues As the Juvies Fly High! 6/19/16

June 19th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Watchers: Dan, Larry, Dana, Kathy O, Lisa, Joyce, Carol Lukka, Linda Braveheart, Aaron, Carla, Jeanne and me Carol P.

This is a report of two watches. Morning watch and Evening watch. The  heat during the middle of the day was intolerable with temps in the low 90s.

During the morning hours, all 4 juvies were on the Widow’s Walk. The highlight of the watch was seeing one of them take off and chase a small bird. It was the first witnessed attempted hunt by one of them. We thought it was probably Leo.

When I returned for my evening watch, I was able to find shade and a beautiful breeze. For the first hour, there wasn’t much activity. I believe they were all on the Times Square bldg in the shade.

When it cooled down to 88, the juvies became more active. There was lots of flying and chasing. They have started to talon tag with each other. So much fun to watch.

Lilac landed on Mercury’s leg. One flew over the river practicing shallow stoops. Oh the wonderful chases!

At the end of the evening, Beauty brought in a pigeon which was big enough to feed the whole family. After eating, they all headed back to the Times Square bldg. It was time to sleep! Tomorrow will be even warmer than today. Keep cool everyone!

Saturday Fledge Watch - Hot Day in the City! 6/18/16

June 18th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was very warm and humid today with temps in the high 80s. There weren’t as many watchers out due to the heat. Dan, Larry, Dana, Kathy O, Carol Lukka, Brian, Pat, Joyce, Carla, her sister Ann and me Carol P.

We saw all 4 juvies throughout the day. They did some flying, mostly in the morning when it was cooler. Most of the day they spent their time on various shady spots on the Times Square bldg.

Tomorrow is going to be another hot, humid day. But, I hope to see some nice flying in the morning. Keep cool everyone!

Friday Fledge Watch - What a Difference a Day Makes! 6/17/16

June 17th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Last night we left Aria on a windowsill on the north side of the Times Square bldg. Very early this morning Watcher Dan reported that Aria took flight and made her way to taller buildings. As I reported yesterday, she just needed the time to rest.

Throughout the day, all 4 juvies continued to hone their flying and landing skills. It was a very warm and humid day. Both watchers and falcons followed the shade.

At one point this morning, all 4 were on the Widow’s Walk with Beauty. Leo and Lilac were chasing each other. I’m sure that these two will be talon tagging soon.

At the end of the day, all four juvies visited the nest box area. Beauty had dropped off food there for Aria and the others followed. It was wonderful to see them all on the Rfalconcam cameras again!

Watchers today were Dan, Larry, Zaph, Carla, Joyce, Pat, Lisa, Dana, Carol aka lukka,  Jeanne and me, Carol P.

Thursday Fledge Watch - Aria Gets Into a Bit of Trouble - 6/16/16

June 16th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was warmer today and we started out with some rain. The juvies were all up on top of the Wilder bldg in various spots most of the morning. There would be bursts of energy that would send them into the sky. If one started exercising their wings, one or more of the others would do the same.

Since his sisters have not quite caught up to him, Beauty and Dot.ca have become Leo’s favorite targets. His favorite activity is to knock them off buildings and chase them. What great fun! Just wait until his sisters are stronger flyers!

By the end of the afternoon, all 4 juvies were in the air. The watchers were spread out trying to keep track of them. I was watching one juvie that was not flying as well as the others. She came in low attempting to land on the Talesca bldg, but instead bumped into the wall. She recovered and headed back to the Times Square bldg where she landed on a windowsill.

We were able to ID her as Aria, our youngest and newest flyer. The watchers gathered to keep an eye on her and the others.

She did some sleeping, but also a lot of stretching and preening. Aria seems to be ok, just tired. The watchers left as it started to get dark, reporting that Aria had laid down and was sleeping.

We are all hoping that she’ll be rested by morning and that she’ll rejoin her family. Aria is in a very safe place and both Beauty and Dot.ca know where she is.

Today’s watchers were Dan, Larry, Zaph, Joyce, Kathy, Cheryl, Willie, Dana, Lou, Pat, Carla, Jeanne and me, Carol P.

Wednesday Fledge Watch - It’s Aria’s Turn! 6/15/16

June 15th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

The watchers spent most of the day watching Leo show off his new flying skills by chasing his mom every chance he got. He is becoming quite accomplished.

Both Leo and Matilda spent a lot of time at the nest box with Aria who had yet to fledge. Lilac is an independent young juvie.

At about 4:30pm, while Leo was out chasing Beauty, both Aria and Matilda were together at the north end of the well wall. Flap flap flap! Then Matilda took flight, heading towards the Wilder bldg. She landed on the SW corner. This was the incentive Aria needed. Her large wings beat faster and faster! She was off!

Aria followed her sister’s path and made an excellent landing next to Matilda. She had fledged a day after her sisters. She had made the leap from eyas to juvie. All 4 had successfully fledged!

Many watchers were gathered throughout the day. Dan, Larry, Zaph, Carol (aka Lukka from Buffalo), Joyce, Brian, Lisa, Dana, Carla, Pat, Jeanne and me, Carol P. Thanks to all of you and thanks to our on line watchers, Ei, Donna and Annette, that let us know what’s happening and move the camera to track the movements of our juvies.

When I left this evening, all 4 juvies were on top of the Wilder bldg. Tomorrow will be another busy day for the watchers, local and on line!

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